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"You are weighed and found too light". These are the enigmatic words of the proverbial Menekkel in the story of Belshazzar's banquet from the Book of Daniel. The Frohnau Kantorei and orchestra are now engaged over an extended period of time in the magnificent Handel oratorio that tells this gripping story.

GRAFIK BUNTE KIRCHENFENSTER
GRAFIK BUNTE KIRCHENFENSTER © visitBerlin, Illustration Klio Karadim

And just as in a banquet the best comes to the end, this performance makes it a bit exciting:

All the characters acting in Babylon are colorfully presented with their conflicting characters: Belshazzar himself, his mother Nitocris, the Persian general Cyrus, and the seer Daniel. The cantor portrays, on the one hand, the choir of the captive Jews, appearing in impressive piety and grandeur, and, as a contrast, the mercurial Persian besiegers, who will finally finish off Belshazzar.

With five soloists, choir and orchestra, the concert is festively cast. Joining them is soprano Katharina Hohlfeld in the secret lead role of Nitocris. Ms. Hohlfeld was last heard in Frohnau in May with "Laudate pueri," also by Handel. The virtuoso and strong part of Cyrus is performed by contralto Maria Hilmes.
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Kirche am Zeltinger Platz
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Kirche am Zeltinger Platz